scholarpro.com is a site to help you discover scholarships then manage your applications. It is US based and only really works for current residents of the US, and not for those interested in moving to study. For US students, parents or people considering returning to study, it is a brilliant site that matches you with scholarships based on a range of personal information. The more information you choose to give, the more matches it will find for you.
How it works: it’s super easy to sign up for an account, then you answer a large range of questions, including whether you’re a student, parent or ‘other’, where you’re currently studying, what level of study you’ve accomplished, where your home school and university was, and the dates of your graduation. There are also the useful questions of what you want to major in and what career you picture yourself ending up in. That’s the obvious stuff. Then there are many more personal questions like, what are you military affiliations? What is your religion? What is your race? Your ethnicity? Your country of birth? Your gender? Your religion?
All the forms work with drop-down boxes, so if the option isn’t there, you can’t enter it. In most cases there are PLENTY of options, however there were a few I thought odd. For example, “Have you played a sport?” While they list paint-balling and “weight conditioning” as sports, they left out Ultimate Frisbee – in America! The ones who came up with it! I also couldn’t find ping-pong…
After you fill out all these questions, you’ve given a pretty complete picture of yourself! You’re then given your matches.
The whole process takes around five minutes, even if you answer most of the questions. You can then get a huge number of options. Even as a non-resident I got two matches for things I could genuinely apply to. I was pretty impressed.
Once you find one you like, you can add it to your applications. The applicatiosn screen tells you when the deadline is, how you need to apply (whether through them or on the home website, for which they provide a link) and give a tracking option.
For the free users, the site finds and manages scholarship applications, but doesn’t submit them. For a once off yearly fee of $30 you can submit an unlimited number of applications directly from the website, which will store your transcript on their system and save you the cost of postage. If you’re planning on making any serious applications, then it’s probably cheaper to do it through ScholarPRO, as the ordering of your transcript comes under the subscription, and then you don’t need to worry about having physical copies to post out.
This is a seriously well thought out website, and so easy and fast to use. I highly recommend it.
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